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Positive Dogwood33
(4 reviews)
On May 12, 2012, Dogwood33 wrote:

Last year I ordered a Jacob's Coat to go along with another of the same kind ordered from a different highly reputable company. This year the JC from Stargazer is blooming so GORGEOUS, I mean large beautiful flowers and the bush is lush, really exceptional. The other JC is thinner and has buds that make no attempt to open. In short I would most definitely buy from Stargazer again. Their products are older and well established by the time you get them and they settle in very nicely and show healthy growth and wonderful blooms. I just wished I had ordered all of my roses from this company. Will definitely keep them at the top of my list next time.

Positive WeeklyWeeder
(16 reviews)
On May 10, 2012, WeeklyWeeder Polson, MT (Zone 5b) wrote:

I ordered a clematis 'Omoshiro" which was shipped right on schedule with excellent packing. Not a smidgen of soil was damage at all to the plant. As a matter of fact, it had one flower opening when it arrived and several buds which will probably open soon.
It appears to be a healthy and beautiful plant which will grace my garden for years to come, I hope.
I recommend this company as I was very pleased with the plant quality and quick and careful shipping.
Thanks so much!
Colleen Paris in Polson, MT

Positive brekke
(1 review)
On Sep 3, 2011, brekke Austin, TX wrote:

I recently ordered 10+ hardy roses from Stargazer Perennials and their other nursery Farm Fresh Living in August. This is my first online ordering experience for live plants and I was very impressed that despite the heat we are experiencing in Austin, TX right now (100F+ for over two months) the roses shipped just fine and had grown new growth within a couple of days of arrival. I planted some of the roses when the temperature dropped into the 90Fs and they are doing great, though I'm still waiting for another break in the heat to plant the rest.

Positive RSloan
(1 review)
On Jan 13, 2011, RSloan Alma, AR wrote:

I asked a question about shipping time, and was promptly told they ship when dornmancy is broken. Specified on their website is the information about them being a small family company and busy at shipping times. I think some criticism is simply lack of paying attention.

Positive omasuziq
(8 reviews)
On Oct 2, 2010, omasuziq Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on May 7, 2010, updated October 2, 2010
Posted on May 5, 2010, updated May 7, 2010
I placed an order with Star Gazer on March 2nd and had a very nice chat on the phone about estimated delivery date with someone there in early April. Supposedly, delivery was to be mid-to late-April since they are in the Northwest and the growing season is a bit delayed versus the East. OK. But this timeframe has come and gone and I can no longer rouse anyone there on the phone. You are instructed to e-mail your questions, which I have twice. No response to either e-mail inquiry. Wouldn't use them again.

On May 7th, 2010, omasuziq changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

After my 3rd request for order status yesterday, I received the following response:
"As I replied to your earlier email our Caryopteris have not yet broken dormancy due to an unexpected series of very cold 20 degree nights and 5 inches of snowfall in the past two weeks that we have had at our farm. We do not ship dormant plants and as noted on our website we grow our plants sustainably, outside which produces healthier plants but sometimes delays shipping in the spring."
I don't have a record of an earlier response but things can get lost in e-space so I am willing to suspend disbelief on this. I can also appreciate that field-grown plants in certain areas of the country can take longer to "wake up" and be shippable than Eastern gardeners are used to. I learned a lesson here and that is to consider where the plant stock I order is coming from and whether their timing for delivery matches my optimal planting time. No fault on either party if they don't match.
On October 2nd, 2010, omasuziq changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I felt my last transaction with Star Gazer might not have fairly reflected that operation. (I needed plants delivered to NC in late April/early May and Star Gazer is situated in a region where dormancy had not been broken by then.) So I ordered from them again in late September, hoping our fall planting seasons would overlap. And they did. Both the Weigela 'Wine and Roses' and the Sambucus 'Black Lace' arrived today, exactly on schedule. Both had "nice" top growth (at this time of the year I realize for both species that's relative and that the plants had been pruned by necessity for shipping) and both had healthy root systems. Both were certainly light years ahead of the specimens I encountered in local "high end" nurseries. Based on this encounter, I would certainly recommend Star Gazer.
Positive lissabird
(6 reviews)
On Aug 8, 2010, lissabird San Francisco , CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

In my experience there was a somewhat long order-to-door time as compared with other nurseries we have ordered from. However, what made up for it was the sheer gorgeousness of the rose that arrived in its two gallon pot -- healthy, thriving, blooming and with well established roots. I really couldn't be more pleased! A++++

Positive virbar
(3 reviews)
On Jul 24, 2010, virbar Paige, TX wrote:

My order for 8 Blue Moon Wisteria arrived yesterday and I am thrilled with them.  Before I placed the order, I posted a query on the their site.  I received a call from them a few minutes later, with answers to all my questions.  Shortly afterward, I received an emailed photo of a Blue Moon Wisteria ready for shipment so I would know what the plants I would receive looked like.  Throughout the order and shipment process, I received timely updates alerting me to the status of my order.  The plants arrived at my home in Texas a few days after I placed the order.  They were perfectly packed and all 8 arrived in excellent condition.     

Positive mccall8517
(3 reviews)
On Jul 21, 2010, mccall8517 Flossmoor, IL wrote:

First time that I ordered from this company. I ordered four reblooming lilacs for my mom as a birthday gift. A very friendly, easy to deal with company, with fast, professional service. I requested a photo first of the plants to be sent and they emailed me the same day. My mom received her plants one week later and was thrilled at how large and healthy the plants were. They also enclosed a personalized gift card. I will be ordering again and will recommend them to my other friends.

Positive 1gardengirlsc
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2010, 1gardengirlsc Scotch Plains, NJ wrote:

This was my first order with Stargazer Perennials and I will be back again. I placed my order in January for 6 blueberry plants, 12 Alpine Strawberry plants and 6 Raspberry plants. I was a little worried spending so much online but I have an organic garden and wanted plants that were grown without chemicals. My plants arrived last week in perfect shape - there were even strawberries on the plants ready to eat. The blueberry and raspberry plants were much larger and more mature than what I am used to getting and the packing was stellar! I admit I was impatient to get my plants and wanted them in early April, but Nick informed me that they did not ship plants until they showed good growth and boy was I glad that I waited!! If you want organically grown plants that are beautiful out of the box, this is the place and definitely worth the wait!!!

Positive arizonabarbara
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2010, arizonabarbara Green Valley, AZ wrote:

Posted on June 21, 2008, updated June 8, 2010
Bravo !! GREAT website.... easy to use ordering and the plants are very healthy , which I appreciate .

I've been searching for a long time to find an nursery that grows roses without chemicals and pesticides since I do not use them on my fruit trees. Although we have very hot summers, roses grow beautifully in southern Arizona.

I was so happy when I opened my order of mini roses and saw they were large, healthy and already blooming. I also received a Joseph's Coat (climbing rose) which has spectacular blooms and took off right away.

I appreciated the way they packaged my plants in recyclable material, no styrofoam or any of those annoying "peanuts" that go everywhere.

A really friendly and knowledgable company. I emailed Nick several times with gardening questions and he got right back to me with helpful suggestions.

I will definitely order again from this company and have recommended them to friends here and in other states. I give them a 12 out of 10 for "going the extra mile".

On June 8th, 2010, arizonabarbara added the following:

Karyn, I received the Alpine Strawberries (8 plants) 2 weeks ago and they were packed damage. they came out of the box already with blossoms and fruit. The strawberries are tiny, but oh-so-sweet. Several friends saw you mentioned in Sunset magazine about the Alpine strawberries and also ordered them. When our southern Arizona summer heat arrives I shall hang them inside in an
atrium & I should have strawberries for many months. Thanks again. I have never received plants in better condition than the ones I have bought from you & Nick over the years. (I enjoy your other website also)
Positive YvonneMal
(12 reviews)
On May 2, 2010, YvonneMal Waymart, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Was a little perturb about the long FedEx turnaround time, only, to be pleasantly surprise about the maturity of Stargazer Perennials' two-gallon shrubs. Very "established root system" with the roots extending from the pots' holes.

One berry plant experienced a little rot of its leaf stems from the soil being so wet... I removed those... and all seems to be doing fine.

Overall, I don't feel that I was cheated one bit on this purchase. Beautiful root system. Will order from Stargazer again. Thank you!

Positive dlefferts
(27 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2009, dlefferts Agawam, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Recommend this company. Delivery was very timely, packaging was great, blubs were excellent, and everything grew and flowered. I don't think you can ask for more then that. I would purchase from them again. Great personal communication!

Positive trackinsand
(47 reviews)
On May 29, 2009, trackinsand mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

ordered a couple of roses at the end of april for a may 15th shipping, as stated on their website. the end of may is drawing near and i'm getting worried 'cause i haven't heard anything and i'm leaving town soon. after several emails and a phone call, they finally emailed me with the disappointing news that 2 of the 3 roses were too small to send. had they told me sooner, i could have still received one of them and they wouldn't have lost the total sale. so now it's too late for this planting season and the sale is a no-sale and i requested a refund.

the refund has been sitting in a pending account in paypal for two days, waiting, i suppose, on available funds.

i'm not too thrilled at this point but i will update when/if i get my money back.

i really hate leaving bad reviews. on a website like dg it can possibly make or break a small company. nick was very nice on the return email and did refund immediately. just wish there was money to cover it!

On June 4th, 2009, trackinsand changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

my refund appeared on my cc statement this morning, slow process between paypal and discover card but i'm satisfied now. this company doesn't use paypal anymore. all in all, a tedious experience but i will try them again in the fall because i really want one of the plants they carry.
Positive ndps99
(9 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2009, ndps99 Holyoke, MA wrote:

This is my first experience with Stargazer and was a small order, though by their wonderful website, it's difficult to practice restraint!

I ordered just a pound each of Russian and American Fingerling Potato sets. They arrived within a short time and look to be in perfect condition. The packaging goes the extra miles as it was not popcorn but rather the more effective wood shavings to protect the moisture content of the sets.

Easy web site, easy ordering, great shipping! Excellent experience thus far!

Positive BlissfulGarden
(51 reviews)
On Oct 18, 2008, BlissfulGarden Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

This is such a well-organized company with which to do business! Their selection is good, their ordering process is quick and easy, their plants are second to none, and they even follow up AFTER their plants are delivered to make sure you have received them! I have been very impressed with both the product and the service by this company, and I will definitely be ordering again from them in the future. A+++ =)

Positive tkmkam
(7 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2008, tkmkam Jacksonville, FL wrote:

My husband and I found an unusual plant on the internet called Snow in Summer. After searching several mail order companies, we found Stargazer had them by searching "plant scout" on Dave's Website . This was our first purchase from this company but the comments we read made us take a chance. We are so glad we did. We ordered 16 plants, each one gallon size. The plants were mature, large, and healthy. Each pot looked like a clone of the other. They were all identical in size and in quality. Thanks Karyn and Nick for speedy service and the highest quality plants. We will be returning soon for more purchases.

Positive westsidegarden
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2008, westsidegarden Bend, OR wrote:

Wow! These guys are great! It's obvious that they have a passion for what they do. The plants are healthy and beautiful and were packed so they arrived in great condition. Stargazer's customer service is as high quality as their product!

Positive moonwolf
(1 review)
On Jun 1, 2008, moonwolf Morrisville, PA wrote:

This is my first experience with this company and I must say that it was among the best experiences ever with an online nursery. The plants I received were extremely healthy and beyond my expectations. Most of the plants were sold in 3.5-inch pots, but the plants that arrived in those pots were of the size that a local nursery would sell in quart size or larger. Some of the plants that were supposed to come in the 3.5-inch pots were actually in quart size pots. Most plants that are shipped across country usually show a little stress, but you would never know that these plants had been shipped anywhere. Not one plant showed the slightest sign of stress.

Also, I appreciated their attention to packing them in reuseable shipping materials, i.e., placing pots over the plants and taping them. I now have some more much-needed pots to use in the greenhouse, and if a customer doesn't need the extra pots, it sure is a lot easier to stack up the pots for recycling than it is to get rid of those peanuts!

I planted my plants in the garden, about a week ago and they look as large and healthy as plants that I planted from other nurseries 3 weeks ago. I think that is due to their organic growing methods. It sure seems that it really makes a big difference in plant hardiness.

They are now my favorite place to shop from.

Positive JAS1
(1 review)
On May 30, 2008, JAS1 Green Bay, WI wrote:

Outstanding plants, arrived in beautiful shape and carefully packed, excellent communication and helpful assistance from the owners. I've been buying plants mail-order for over a decade, and this is the best experience I've had.

Positive njjpl
(18 reviews)
On May 11, 2008, njjpl Pequannock, NJ wrote:

WOW! All the plants I ordered are amazing. Large, and very healthy. Great packing job, not a leaf was dropped on the cross-country journey. Will order from here again, without hesitation.

Positive nmeekin
(6 reviews)
On May 27, 2007, nmeekin Bennington, VT wrote:

Wow. I ordered about 200 bulbs and perennials from Stargazer. Nick is incredible and so accomodating. The first batch of plants arrived safe and happy. They were all covered with a second pot and taped, with paper inside around the stem to prevent any movement. Every plant was big and healthy, and easy to open. They even planted some of the bulbs and bareroots for me to give them a head start because I was away until may 18. I will definitely be back next year!

Positive Auron
(3 reviews)
On May 15, 2007, Auron Severn, MD wrote:

I ordered peonies, bleeding hearts, shasta daisies from this nursery this year and I was impressed with the packaging. They gave a lot of care for the plants and carefully taped them so the soil stay in pots.
Also they sent the bleeding hearts in bigger pots. It was beyond my expectation, I'm so happy.

They answer every email fast too and very friendly.
They deserve a positive rating here.

Positive billbeamer
(1 review)
On Dec 29, 2006, billbeamer Athens, OH wrote:

I placed two orders with Stargazer over the last few months, one for fall bulbs which were large and plump-excellent price and service, but my best experience with them was in July when I wanted to order some of the new Big Sky Echinaceas. I placed the order, and they called me in a few minutes and told me that they would rather not ship the plants due to the heatwave across the country. I told them I'd been trying to buy the new orange coneflowers for months (actually begged a little). They not only shipped the plants(very healthy), but they enclosed some ice packs-no extra charges. Really friendly and knowledgable people.

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